Many of us are trying not to put things into our body that can harm us. At the same time, many of us are watching our calories. I understand not wanting to drink your calories but still wanting to enjoy the taste of what you are drinking. Lets discuss our options today. What might be a good choice and what might be a bad choice. These choices are especially important in children. A recent report from George Washington University found the use of artificial sweeteners has risen lately by 200%.

Aspartame, also called NutraSweet, is a very popular artificial sweetener. This type of sweetener account for 75% or the adverse reactions of food additives reported to the FDA. There are over 90 documented possible symptoms associated with the use of aspartame including headaches, depression, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and memory loss. The Drugs & Side Effects Database reported “aspartame is a known and feared neurotoxin and carcinogen, yet it remains a common drug ingredient.

” Splenda, also called Sucralose, is another very popular artificial sweetener. Dr. Joe Mercola, a well known author on health, wrote symptoms after consuming sucrolose include GI problems, seizures, dizziness, migraines, blurred vision, allergic reactions, blood sugar increases and weight gain. A recent study published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health linked Splenda to cancer of the blood.

Saccharin is also a widely used artificial sweetener. At one time, researchers believed this substance caused cancer in laboratory animals. There is a lot of disagreement about this substance at this time.

Ultimately, it is up to you what goes into your body and the body of your child. We want to empower you with useful information and allow you to do what you think is best for you. I have no doubt that it is beneficial to keep these sweeteners to a minimum or eliminate them all together. A good rule of thumb is if a substance came from a laboratory, you probably should avoid it or at the very least, minimize it.

If we can help in any way, feel free to contact us at The Martin Clinic. We are located in Duluth, Georgia. You can reach us at 770.237.3970 or